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Grateful Dead Live at Cumberland County Civic Center on 1985-04-01


Topics Live concert


Bertha, Greatest Story Ever Told, West L.A. Fadeaway, Little Red Rooster, Bird Song, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Looks Like Rain-> Might As Well China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around-> Not Fade Away, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Cumberland County Civic Center
Location Portland, ME

Source Oade's Master Audience PCM > Schoeps CMC-441 mics > Oade M118> Sony PCM-F1 > DAT> CDR>EAC>Shn

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Sources:
Primary Source:Oade's Master Audience PCM > Schoeps CMC-441 mics > Oade M118> Sony PCM-F1 > DAT> CDR>EAC>Shn
Secondary Source:Steve Ziemba's Cassette Master;Aud>Nak300>D5>CM>CDR>EAC>Shn;The secondary source supplies the Baby Blue encore; Seeded to fungus and abgd by Charlie Connor with Thanks to Scott Clugston and Doug Oade

Reviews

Reviewer: corby112 - - July 29, 2010
Subject: Strong second set
This is another decent show from '85, featuring an impressive second set. The first set is pretty uneventful with the exception of an excellent Bird Song.

The second set is excellently played with a very good song selection. The set starts off with a brief yet energetic China>Rider that features a nice transition jam and excellent leads in Rider. The Estimated that follows is excellent with passionate vocals by Bob, great group improve, a slick wah wah solo and great spacey outro jam. The Estimated is rushed and a bit to fast paced for my liking but the jamming is intense, leading into the Drums>Space segment. A brief Other One emerges out of Space but it features some nice psychedelic jamming before perfectly segueing into a beautiful Stella Blue. Jerry sounds great and this soulful rendition is near perfect. The rocking combo of Around and Around>NFA ends the show on quite a high.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - - January 25, 2010
Subject: High energy night
After a amazing first night of this run, the band comes back even stronger. The first set is very good with a confessional Bertha from Jerry and then a rockin' GSET and then another look in the mirror song, West LA, which is scorching. The highlight of this set is clearly the Bird Song,although short in lenght it is focused and dymanic, and then a KILLER Tom's Thumbs Blues with Phil loving the spot light while adding a little April Fools fun. They next serve up a wonderul high energy LL Rain. Brent's organ sound on this one is sweet, as he is the entire show.
The Might As Well is good but has a couple misteps.
As is well known Jerry's voice on this tour was easily at it's worst, but he tries to power through and pulls it off on this night.

Set II starts off with a high energy fast paced reading of China> Rider which is also above average for this period. Another classic duo of Estimated> Eyes with the band and Jerry sound great.They play a nice slinky jam going into a very uptempo Eyes.
D/S is nothing outrageous but they serve up a intense Other One with the second verse being really good. Jerry brings us back down to earth with a lilting and sweet Stellar Blue, the bands sound during this year was unique and this version showcases that.
They rock us out with a set closing Around> NFA that really had us all in a joyous rapture.
Billy and Mickey even play alittle bit more after the band ends the song, very nice.
Jerry delivers a solid Baby Blue, with a couple lyrical snafus, but a nice finish and we were on our way into the early spring night of Portland.
Sound quality on this, and majority of the Oades brother's recordings, are freakin' exceptional.
I mean this recording feels like you are right there in the arena.
A wonderful treat to say the least.
Reviewer: casisbelly - - February 13, 2006
Subject: Test me.....
First East Coast Bertha after arrest.....Ear to ear grin during Bertha....Un forgettable show.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - October 23, 2004
Subject: While I give this a 4..
The sound quality is sick the show rips and the bird song is one of the best it is missig that microgram of oomph to get it to a 5 - 85 was a tough year to compare against if this were an 86 it wud have been the best of the year....
Reviewer: GuttersnipeXL - - May 25, 2004
Subject: Smokin Second Set
Yeah, I'd agree that this is the better version of the two. The China>Rider and Estimated>Eyes are sick, Totally seamless segues between those songs. Jerry's voice isn't the hottest this night, but the fluidity of his playing is pure magic1 One of my favorite sets from all of 85.
Reviewer: The Bopper - - April 30, 2004
Subject: gem
This is another spring '85 gem. Just in case your wondering, the reference to April Fools is the one Phil makes after he sings Tom Thumbs. I've been downloading all these spring '85 Auds and I haven't been disappointed with any of them yet. I compared the two aud versions listed here, and I think this was the better one, but you should compare for yourself before downloading the whole show. The whole band is on fire for most of the show, lots of inspiration and energy, and Jerry doesn't miss many licks. His voice sounds rugged, but I don't mind that at all.
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